In support of the Breastfeeding week, Team Zazi features a young woman who has always believed that Breastfeeding is the way to go. Meet Musa Moeketsi, the mother of two..
a. What made you decide to breastfeed?
I grew up being told as that as a child my mother breastfed me and my siblings until we were 2yrs old. My mother says out of all her kids I enjoyed it the most. She says she felt closer to me through breastfeeding. It got me excited about that moment. Hence I opted to breastfeed.
b. What are people's reactions to you breastfeeding?
Most of the time my peers expect me to just "pop my boob out and feed"but funny enough, my male friends think it's a great thing while my female friends find it scary.. It's weird.
c. Do you think there's negative attitudes towards breastfeeding in society in general? Why or why not?
I think there's negative attitudes towards breastfeeding in public but in general society is very accepting of breastfeeding. I've received a lot of positive feedback from elders when they realise that I breastfeed. They often say it's because it's healthier and affordable.
d. Where do you breastfeed? Are you comfortable breastfeeding anywhere or do you prefer some places to others?
I breastfeed anywhere. As long as my little one needs to eat, I heed the call. I do carry a receiving blanket though to cover up while feeding to avoid stares.
e. Is your family supportive of you choosing to breastfeed?
YES!! The happiest people were my dad and my father in law..
f. How has baby Unami reacted to being breastfed?
Positively. Even after having to stop for two weeks due to my nipples cracking and bleeding. Trying again, baby caught on like we never stopped.
g. Do you think it's better for him than formula feeding?
Yes, I think it is. although sometimes it seems like I don't meet the demand.
h. What are some to the difficult things about breastfeeding?
The cracked, bleeding nipples and having to change your diet due to how he reacts to certain foods that come through the milk. When your breasts are full and baby is nowhere in sight. Ouch!
i. How long are you going to breastfeed him for?
Like his sister, 2years.
j. What do you say to other expectant mothers?
Make sure you put nipple cream on your nipples from the time you find out you are pregnant to avoid the pain. And try breastfeed for as long as you can because it eventually becomes the most sacred moment you two will ever have.